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Prepare for CDA credentialing

Further your childhood development career

Carlow University offers the Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) coursework to fulfill the credit course hour requirement of the credential. The CDA credential program provides an opportunity to individuals currently working in child care centers across the United States for advancement in the childhood development or childhood education field.

The CDA credential program is a minimum mandatory requirement for all child care center employees in the state of Pennsylvania working in a program that is enrolled in the Keystone STARS (PA's recognized program to improve quality of child care) state program.  


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Requirements for a CDA credential

  • 4.5 Continuing Education Units
  • 3 credit course or 45 hours of child development training
  • 80 documented hours working with young children
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Proof of membership in an early childhood professional organization¬†

See also: Child Development Director Credential


Carlow University does not award the actual credentials, but does fulfill the coursework requirement.